- an ornamental shoulder piece worn on uniforms, chiefly by military officers.
Origin of epaulet
Examples from the Web for epaulettes
Glad enough, I suppose, you 'll be to win your epaulettes as colonel.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
"Like an officer stripped of his epaulettes," Billy murmured.The Camp Fire Girls in the Outside World
With him were three or four others in the same rig, except the epaulettes.
The Emperor sighed, shrugged his shoulders, adorned with epaulettes.The Forged Coupon and Other Stories
He tore off General Milhaud's epaulettes, which he flung into Foy's face.Burlesques
William Makepeace Thackeray
Word Origin and History for epaulettes
1783, from French épaulette (16c.), diminutive of épaule "shoulder," from Old French espaule (12c.), from Latin spatula "flat piece of wood, splint," later "shoulder blade," diminutive of spatha "broad wooden instrument, broad sword," from Greek spathe "a broad flat sword" (see spade (n.1)).